Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Recipes | Summer Fun | Farmer's Market Meals

It is hard to believe we are heading into the end of July.  We've had picture perfect days full of quintessential summertime memory making material -- bike rides, pool time, frozen treats, trips to baseballs games, adventures at amusement parks, spontaneous outings and plenty of time with friends.  Moments I could burst seeing my children carefree, with their dirty knees and sweaty faces, looking so happy. But we've also had our share of days when the sweltering temps have gotten the better of us, keeping us inside where battles ensue over what show to watch on TV, where whiny demands have had me teetering on the brink of insanity, and where sibling spats erupt without a moment's warning.  The house seems in a perpetual state of disarray with goggles and swim suits and towels and Crocs and Popsicle sticks turning up in the most unusual places.  That's the just the reality of motherhood.  When it's good, it's really, REALLY, good and when bad, you pray. Haha.  Don't worry, I pray and give thanks for the good too!! :) All. The. Time.


One of the things I most enjoy about summer is the produce and it's been INCREDIBLE this year.  I'm certain I've eaten my weight in cherries and peaches.  I look forward to our Sunday trips as a family to the farmer's market.  I nearly did cartwheels when I saw the arrival of tomatoes this past weekend.  FINALLY!  We shop, we people watch {I'm forever curious about what people are cooking} and we listen to live music while Charlie eats his snow cone and Andrew nibbles on a warm waffle. Good times.  I personally find the prices high, so I'm pretty selective.  I love to shop local and organic, but it has to taste better than what I can buy for a lot cheaper in the grocery store.  My favorite things to pick up are corn, tomatoes, fresh bread, artisan cheese, and homemade pasta.  This weekend I couldn't resist a bunch of gorgeous peaches too.


I like the challenge of thinking up what to make based on what I see and what looks best. I do have a couple new favorite recipes, that are perfect for days when you've been to the farmer's market...

Roasted Panzanella Salad

Peach + Goat Cheese Pizza
{Recipe calls for nectarines, I used peaches along with Trader Joe's fresh pizza dough}

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6 comments :

  1. we eat Farmer's Market in the summer as well and for a town our size we have an amazing market. We've had tomatoes since mid June (not normal) and have enjoyed them at almost every meal!

    It's fun to try new recipes using the produce and last Saturday I was "guest chef" at our market and demonstrated recipes using fresh tomatoes -- it was a lot of fun but the most fun of all was the people who tasted and really liked what we had made!

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  2. You pray. I love it! I couldn't agree more (:

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  3. your family is just so precious, and what a fun small town to live in!

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  4. Beautiful post. What special memories you are creating. I just love that town you live in. I keep meaning to email you - I'm thinking you live close to where we got Guinness. Your food also looks amazing!!! I'm going to have to try the recipes. Have a great day. We were going to have a pool party today, but we have storms all day - new plan underway!

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  5. I'm going to have to try that pizza! It looks delicious!

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  6. Love all your pictures. You have a beautiful family!! I would love to visit your town. It is so cute!! Thanks for the recipes. They look so yummy!!

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